Why Choose Nazareth for Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs) help clients improve psychological and physiological functioning and work in medical, psychiatric and educational settings.

The music therapy degree program at Nazareth College studies the impact of melody, harmony, and rhythm on children and adults with physical, communication, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. Students participate in hands-on clinical training, working directly with clients both in the community and in Nazareth's on-campus Music Therapy Clinic, part of the College's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute.

As part of their clinical practice, music therapy majors learn to improvise and compose music for guitar and piano. They work in a number of educational and healthcare settings, and complete six-month internships at the culmination of their degree program.

Program Highlights

  • Music therapy majors focus on gaining skills in clinical practice through musical proficiency, research, and direct clinical experience for clinical practice or the pursuit of advanced degrees.
  • Completion of the curriculum and clinical training approved by the American Music Therapy Association results in eligibility to sit for the national certification examination in music therapy administered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (MT-BC).

Typical Class Schedule


Contact Information

Betsey O. King

Betsey O. King

Associate Professor of Music
Music House 25
Additional Positions:
Associate Professor of Music / Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
Jessica Jarvis, alumna of the music therapy major, music therapy degree program at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Jarvis ‘11

Jessica was elected president of the American Music Therapy Association Students during her senior year at Nazareth. Her six-month internship at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, led to her being hired there as a fulltime board-certified music therapist.

Example Careers

  • School music therapist
  • Gerontology specialist
  • Mental health clinician
  • Medical music therapist

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Hospice Buffalo
  • The Wildwood School, VA

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • West Palm Beach Hospice
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, NJ
  • Giant Steps Autism Treatment, CT
  • Drexel University
  • Florida State University